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DNA Labs International Confirms Suspect in 13-Year-Old Sexual Battery Case

DNA Labs International was able to determine the probability of paternity for the suspect, allowing for a warrant for the man's arrest to be obtained for two counts of sexual battery on a mentally defective person.

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Parabon Announces Snapshot Facial Reconstruction Service

Parabon NanoLabs' new Snapshot Facial Reconstruction Service produces accurate antemortem composite images of deceased persons from skeletonized remains. The service combines two complementary methods of estimating appearance from skeletal evidence: DNA phenotyping and forensic facial reconstruction.

Drug Task Force Delivers Suspect in Cold Case Homicide Using Vigilant Solutions LPR

The 21st Judicial District Drug Task Force in Tennessee used its Vigilant Solutions license plate reader (LPR) system to bring to justice a suspect in a cold case homicide from 2002.

Oklahoma Police Arrest Man for 1997 Abduction and Murder of Little Girl

Earlier this year, investigators went back to examine blood found on the windowsill of the girl's room and on her underwear, neither of which had been tested previously. Detectives then went back to collect DNA samples from all involved in the case, the affidavit said.

DNA Technology Cracks 1981 Cold Case in Minnesota

Law enforcement officials are still not sure how the body of 17-year-old Carolyn Lee Andrew ended up in a shallow grave in Duluth's Twin Ponds in 1981. But thanks to DNA technology, nearly 34 years later, authorities believe they've finally determined the identity of her killer.

Inside the Mind of a Cold Case Detective

The first thing a good investigator, especially a cold case investigator, needs to know is that you can't base your conclusions on past experiences because those experiences are not foolproof. The only way to solve a decades-old murder is through hard work.

Virginia Sheriffs' Offices Searching Cold Cases for Link to Missing UVA Student

Police reveal there may be a new forensic link with the missing UVA student case and other cold cases in Virginia.

Can Giving Playing Cards to Inmates Crack Cold Cases?

About 3,000 inmates in the Travis County, Texas, jail system are about to get new decks of playing cards. And the right card in the hands of the right inmate could help crack homicide or missing person cold cases. Read Full Story Here.

Man Gets Life for 1996 Killing of N.C. Officer

On Oct. 5, 1996, Scott Vincent Sica fired a 9 mm Beretta handgun nine times at police Sgt. Gregory Keith Martin during a traffic stop, according to testimony in Yadkin Superior Court. Sica was 20 at the time; Martin was 30.

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The Fallacy of Gun Buyback Programs

What you usually see in any gun buyback program is elderly people turning in old junk guns from some closet or garage where they have sat gathering dust for many years.

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